Montgomery Zoo Becomes Sensory Friendly
Monday, June 11, 2018
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – June 11, 2018 – The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is excited to announce its partnership with KultureCity (kulturecity.com) and its Sensory Initiative to make the Zoo a friendlier experience for guests with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs), such as Autism, PTSD, Parkinson’s Disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many others. The Sensory Initiative is a program developed by KultureCity to allow individuals with sensory needs the ability to see and experience everything the world has to offer.
Set to launch on June 13, 2018, at 10:00 am this program will increase accessibility for visitors with SPDs and ensure a more inclusive experience for guests of all ages. With this new partnership, individuals who have Sensory Processing Disorders will have access to Sensory Bags that include noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys and weighted lap pads. Signage is placed throughout the zoo identifying “quiet zones” and “headphone zones” to help visitors continue to explore and enjoy the zoo.
“The goal of the program is to raise awareness of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPDs) among Zoo staff and throughout the community,” Melanie Golson, Marketing and Public Relations Manager explained. “We are excited to have this opportunity to be more in tune with our guests who may be overwhelmed by the noise and excitement going on at the Zoo,” she said. All Zoo staff members completed training to increase their understanding of SPDs and the Zoo’s efforts to better serve its visitors.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to ensure our guests enjoy every moment of their visit to the zoo,” said Marcia Woodard, Zoo Director. “The sensory bags are just one way we can expand opportunities for our guests,” she went on to explain.
Sensory Bags will be available for guests to check-out at the Zoo’s main admission gift shop. There will be four Quiet Zones throughout the zoo, between the main entrance and Skylift, the Mann Museum, Alligator Boardwalk and open area near the jaguar exhibit. Headphone zones will be located at the Train Station, Overlook Café, Playground/Petting Zoo, Chimpanzee Exhibit, Reptile House and Stingray Bay.
About the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum
The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is a 42-acre zoological facility located minutes from the heart of historic, downtown Montgomery. The Montgomery Zoo features over 500 species of animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America and is home to Central Alabama’s only interactive aquatic exhibit, Stingray Bay. The Mann Wildlife Learning Museum houses one of the Southeast’s largest collections of preserved North American wildlife and artifacts.
The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with the last admission ticket sold at 4:00 p.m. Animal exhibits begin closing at 4:30 p.m. Regular admission to the Zoo is only $15 for Adults, $11 for children 3-12 years old, and children 2 years and under are free. Discount combo admission to the Zoo and Mann Museum is $20 for adults, $15 for children 3-12 years old, and children 2 years and under are free. Attractions including the train ride, Zoofari Skylift, Pedal Boats, Giraffe Encounter, and stingray feedings are an additional cost and tickets may be purchased at the Zoo and Museum Gift Shops.
For more information contact the Zoo at 334-625-4900 or visit montgomeryzoo.com. The Montgomery Zoo is a Department of the City of Montgomery, Alabama.